Treasury Rate Movements, November 2017

Dec 1, 2017
US treasury rates by maturity

Short-term rates continued their rise in November while medium-term rates rose slower and long-term rates dropped from the previous month.  The yield curve continued to narrow as it had in the previous month.  Short-term rates have increased their rise in rates but the one-month bill had no sessions with higher rates than the three-month bill.  That is, the one-month bill maintained the lowest rate throughout the month.  However, the yield curve narrowed from the bottom up and that has been a steadfast indicator of recession.

Barley Production in the European Union

Nov 30, 2017
Cartogram map of barley production in the European Union

Today a look at barley production in the European Union.  Spain dedicates the greatest amount of land but France and Germany are not far behind.  These three countries combined account for just under half the land dedicated to barley production in the EU.

Rye Production in the European Union

Nov 29, 2017
Cartogram map of rye production in the European Union

Today a look at rye production in the European Union.  Poland dominates the EU with regard to the amount of land dedicated to the crop.  It alone accounts for over half of the hectares that are dedicated to rye production in the Union.  With Spain and Denmark, the three countries account for over three-fourths of the land dedicated to harvesting rye.  There is one major caveat however, Eurostat has considered Germany's data unreliable for several years now and thus has not included data for Germany.  Going back to 2009, the last year data for Germany is available, Germany allocated almost the same amount of land as Poland.  So keep that in mind when viewing this map.  A major producer is not included.

Wheat Production in the European Union

Nov 28, 2017
Cartogram map of wheat production in the European Union

Today a look at wheat production in the European Union.  Unlike potato production, there is no geographic area that dominates the amount of land dedicated to the staple grain.  There are both northern and southern states that dedicate many hectares to it as well as eastern and central European states.  Only western Europe (in the geographical sense) does not dedicate much land to the crop.

Potato Production in the European Union

Nov 27, 2017
Cartogram map of potato production in the European Union

Last week, the focus was on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  Today a look at potato production in the European Union.  Unlike the United States, there is no one state that completely dominates production of the crop.  Rather, in the EU it takes both Germany and Poland to take up the share that Idaho takes up in the US.  Not unlike the US though, potatoes are primarily produced in northern states.

Potato Production in the United States

Nov 24, 2017
Cartogram map of potato production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on potato production.  Specifically the number of acres harvested.  All 50 states produce the crop but there is one clear leader in the production of potatoes accounting for nearly one-third of the acres dedicated to the root: Idaho.

Green Bean Production in the United States

Nov 23, 2017
Cartogram map of turkey production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on green beans production.  Specifically the number of acres harvested.  Only 10 states produce the bird and of the 10, the USDA publishes complete data on only six of them due to the other four states having few producers which would make it easy for their competitors to know how large their operations are.

Turkey Production in the United States

Nov 22, 2017
Cartogram map of turkey production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on turkey production.  Specifically the number of heads of turkey.  Only 24 states produce the bird and of the 24, the USDA publishes data on only 18 of them due to the other six states having few producers which would make it easy for their competitors to know how large their operations are.

Pumpkin Production in the United States

Nov 21, 2017
Cartogram map of pumpkin production in the United States

This week, the focus is on common Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on pumpkin production.  Specifically the number of acres dedicated to the pumpkin harvest.  Every state produces pumpkins, but some dedicate so few acres to the crop that they barely show up on the map, namely Alaska, Wyoming, and Louisiana.

Cranberry Production in the United States

Nov 20, 2017
Cartogram map of cranberry production in the United States

Where does Thanksgiving dinner come from?  This week, the focus is on some staple Thanksgiving foods and which states produce them.  The geographically accurate cartogram above redraws the states' sizes based on cranberry production.  There are only a few states that produce the fruit according to the United States Agriculture Census.


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